Loeb destroys Pikes Peak record in Peugeot 208 T16

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 by
Sebastien Loeb decided to push the car to the limit rather than run at a comfortable pace

Sebastien Loeb decided to push the car to the limit rather than run at a comfortable pace

Sebastien Loeb shattered the previous record for the Pikes Peak international hill climb on Sunday, becoming the first, and so far only, driver to complete the course in under nine minutes. His performance was so dominant that, in setting a time of 8m13.878s, he has at a stroke, raised the previously unheard of possibility of a sub eight minute run.

Loeb slaughtered the previous record of 9m46.164, taking a full minute and 33 seconds off Rhys Millen’s best time set last year on the first fully paved running of the event on the 12.42 mile course. This year Millen easily surpassed his own record but could still not break the eight minute barrier.

As for Loeb, he said: “I felt really good in the car, and I pushed it hard from the start to the finish. I made no mistakes, and I felt the race was really good. To drive a car like this and race up here (to the top) is what makes this special. It’s amazing.”

The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak amid some of its competitors

The 208 T16 Pikes Peak amid some of its competitors

Driving a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak in the Unlimited class, Loeb averaged 87 miles per hour while setting the record. Millen was a distant second with a time of 9:02.192 in his 2013 Hyundai PM580T, and Jean-Philippe Dayraut of France also topped the previous record with a time of 9:42.740 while driving a 2011 Mini Countryman.

Loeb has taken the Pikes Peak record into previously unheard of territory

Loeb has taken the Pikes Peak record into previously unheard of territory

Paul Dallenbach finished in 9:46.001 in his 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe to also eclipse last year’s record and win the Time Attack class.

As expected, with the entire course now being a paved track and conditions dry, numerous records fell at the historic race.

Loeb gives his reactions to a stunned media immediately after completing the course.

Loeb gives his reactions to a stunned media immediately after completing the course.

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